Synonyms of public in English:

public


See definition of public

adjective

1‘the public sector of the economy’

SYNONYMS
state, national, federal, government
constitutional, democratic, civic, civil, official, social, municipal, community, local
communal, nationalized, state-owned
urban, metropolitan
ANTONYMS

private

2‘there is a great public demand for information on food’

SYNONYMS
popular, general, common, communal, collective, shared, joint, universal, widespread

3‘Stukeley was already a well-known physician and public figure’

SYNONYMS
prominent, well known, in the public eye, leading, important, eminent, pre-eminent, recognized, distinguished, notable, noteworthy, noted, outstanding, foremost, of mark
illustrious, celebrated, famous, renowned, acclaimed, famed, honoured, esteemed, respected, well thought of, influential, prestigious
ANTONYMS

obscure, unknown

4‘plans are afoot to ban smoking in public places’

SYNONYMS
open, open to the public, communal, not private, not exclusive, accessible to all, available, free, unrestricted, community
ANTONYMS

private, restricted

5‘he never made his views public’

SYNONYMS
known, widely known, overt, plain, obvious, in circulation, published, publicized, exposed
ANTONYMS

secret


noun

1‘the opinion polls do not reflect the true opinions of the British public’

SYNONYMS
people, citizens, subjects, general public, electors, electorate, voters, taxpayers, residents, inhabitants, citizenry, population, populace, community, society, country, nation, world
everyone
British ratepayers

2‘he was adored by his public and his pupils’

SYNONYMS
audience, spectators, concertgoers, theatregoers, followers, following, fans, devotees, aficionados, admirers
patrons, clientele, market, consumers, buyers, customers, readers
informal buffs, freaks

Phrases

    the public eye

    ‘an individual may be momentarily in the public eye, but such notoriety rarely lasts’


    SYNONYMS
    the spotlight, the limelight, the glare of publicity, prominence
    the focus of interest, the focus of attention
    in public


    SYNONYMS
    publicly, in full view of people public, in full view of the public, openly, in the open, for all to see, undisguisedly, blatantly, flagrantly, brazenly, with no attempt at concealment, overtly, boldly, audaciously, unashamedly, shamelessly, unabashed, wantonly, immodestly
    coram populo
    ANTONYMS

    secretly